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Executive Chairman's Message

Paul Casos

This year's Ipswich Festival offers an exceptional program that celebrates the essence of our city's culture, arts, history and theatre with over 50 events and exhibitions on show.

Celebrating one of our longest standing events, the Ipswich Art Awards features local and national artists, competing for total prize money and artist in residence packages in excess of $20k. I invite you to explore the gallery exhibition as many of the featured artworks are available for purchase.

Our city's artistic prowess continues when the Arts Alive Creative Arts School students explore the theme of 'What is a Festival?' with their curated exhibition entitled: The ART of FESTIVAL. Be amazed as the St Paul's Anglican Church wooden pews and stained glass windows become the backdrop for the Australiana themed Quilt and Craft Display from 3 to 7 May. Venture across d'Arcy Doyle Place to the Ipswich Art Gallery in Ipswich Central to be overwhelmed by the War-Time Quilts collection, the history of military conflict retold on war quilts made from military fabrics.

For the children, mark your calendar for 6 May with Creative Kidz and Art Beat in Ipswich Central with play/learn workshops, interactive displays and educational entertainment. The Parade of Light with witches and wizards and mythical creatures will take centre stage down the main streets of Ipswich at 6pm. For a tale of old, children will enjoy the 1987 Production of The Tales of Beatrix Potter in the Turnaround Theatre or visit the Gala Doll Show with Queensland's largest display of dolls and bears at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Kids can 'Go Wild' visiting the lantern installation on the Bradfield Bridge during the festival week. Ipswich is steeped with history and there is no better way to experience this than getting up close and personal with our local ghosts on the Ipswich Grammar School Ghost Tours and the Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tours. Step back in time at Cooneana Heritage Centre on Saturday 13 May for 'Stories from Ipswich's Past' or see 'Ipswich in Miniature', a display of miniature buildings recreated by the Ipswich Mini Crafters at the Ipswich Antique Centre.

One not-to-be-missed evening is Souvenirs d'Espana - Memories of Spain on Saturday 13 May featuring the extraordinary 70 piece orchestra performing the famed 'Bolero' by Ravel in its entirety.

I extend my appreciation to all our Festival Partners as valued contributors to the Festival program, particularly our Signature Partners - Ipswich City Council, Nine News, Heritage Bank and St Andrew's Ipswich Private Hospital.

Join with me in celebrating the pride of our city at the 2017 Ipswich Festival!

Paul Casos
Executive Chairman, Ipswich Event

Ipswich Events Corporation